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Time To Check In: Notable W&H Rulings In Aviation

October 12th, 2021

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By Daniela Porat From undergoing airport security screenings to regularly working in multiple jurisdictions, airline industry workers face a host of unusual circumstances, and recent rulings on paid sick leave, meal breaks and more showcase these particularities of working in the aviation industry. These cases deal with typical wage and hour disputes that are complicated […]

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Sanford Heisler Sharp Announces an $8.3 Million Arbitration Award in Co-Founder Dispute Case Against InnoGrit Corporation, Shanghai InnoGrit, and InnoGrit CEO

October 5th, 2021

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Attorneys at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP (SHS) recently obtained an $8.3M arbitration award on behalf of Claimant Dr. Yuhui David Chen against Silicon Valley semiconductor company InnoGrit Corporation, its parent company Shanghai InnoGrit Technologies Co., Ltd., and InnoGrit CEO Dr. Zining Wu. The total award includes […]

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The American Lawyer Trailblazers – 2021 South

October 4th, 2021

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The American Lawyer is proud to present its inaugural South Trailblazers. The Trailblazer series is a special supplement developed by the business arm of The American Lawyer. We are proud to spotlight a handful of individuals from each practice area that are truly agents of change. Our goal was to recognize professionals in the South […]

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Activision Sells Culture Shakeup to Skeptics in Harassment Deal

October 1st, 2021

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By Maeve Allsup Lawyers, other companies closely watching implementation Company still faces lawsuits from California and investors Activision Blizzard Inc.‘s plans to create an $18 million fund for victims of sexual harassment and discrimination allegations and implement workplace reforms will bring a new set of challenges to the embattled video-game giant. The settlement with the […]

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Allstate Can’t Slip ERISA Suit Over Retirement Plan Options

September 30th, 2021

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By Rachel Stone Law360 (September 30, 2021, 7:31 PM EDT) — An Illinois federal court held that Allstate Corp. must face an ERISA suit lodged by a group of current and former workers who claim the insurer cost them nearly $70 million by keeping poor-performing funds in their profit-sharing retirement plan. In his memorandum opinion […]

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Lowenstein bets on NYC’s in-person future with expanded office lease

September 27th, 2021

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By David Thomas (Reuters) – As the U.S. legal industry plots a mass return to in-person work and considers a less office-bound future, at least one law firm said it is doubling down on its flagship office in Manhattan. Lowenstein Sandler has announced it is expanding its New York City office at 1251 Avenue of […]

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MVP: Sanford Heisler’s Vincent McKnight

September 23rd, 2021

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Law360 (September 23, 2021, 4:09 PM EDT) — As co-chair of Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP’s whistleblower practice group, H. Vincent McKnight Jr. has helped federal authorities recoup billions of dollars, including a recent settlement that saw Wells Fargo agree to hand over $3 billion, earning him a spot as one of Law360’s 2021 Government Contracts […]

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Santa Rosa psychiatric hospital agrees to $2.85 million settlement over workplace conditions

September 20th, 2021

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By Martin Espinoza The owners of Sonoma County’s only psychiatric hospital, Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital, have agreed to pay $2.85 million to settle a lawsuit that alleges a number of state labor code violations, including significant understaffing that led to unsafe working conditions for nurses and other staff. The lawsuit, which names as defendant former […]

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More law firms scrap October return plans, opting to watch and wait

September 20th, 2021

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By Xiumei Dong and David Thomas (Reuters) – Law firms are going back to the drawing board on office reopenings – and more are settling for a big fat question mark, at least for now. With September nearly over and the current wave of U.S. coronavirus cases just beginning to recede, some law firms that […]

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Sanford Heisler Sharp and Valerian Law Settle $2.85 Million PAGA Case for Understaffing and Unsafe Conditions at Santa Rosa Psychiatric Hospital

September 20th, 2021

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SANTA ROSA, Sept. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sanford Heisler Sharp and Valerian Law attorneys who are representing a former nursing leader at a North Bay acute psychiatric hospital today announced a landmark Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) settlement following more than three years of litigation. In 2018, Valerian Law, P.C. and Sanford Heisler Sharp, […]

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Top 50 Biglaw Firm Says A Full Reopening In 2021 Is ‘Unlikely’

September 20th, 2021

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By Staci Zaretsky The morning air is getting brisk and summer officially ends in two days. Another thing that’s ending is Biglaw firms’ hopes and dreams of getting associates and staff back into their offices before the new year begins. Thanks to the continued assault of the coronavirus crisis, many of the nation’s most prestigious […]

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States – The Final Frontier: How State Law and State Courts Can Provide Avenues for Justice and Resist the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Lochner Lite” Anti-Employee and Anti-Consumer Agenda

September 17th, 2021

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By Jeremy Heisler, Andrew Melzer, and Kate MacMullin A judicial specter is haunting the United States: Our nation’s Supreme Court is in a Chamber of Commerce state of mind—even as the national economy struggles to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, with individuals and small businesses bearing the brunt of the pain. In recent decades, the […]

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Law Firm Life in Beta: The Pandemic Is Making Leaders Experiment More

September 15th, 2021

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The return to normal expected by now did not come to be. Law firm leaders have learned now to deal with that challenge. By Andrew Maloney What You Need to Know Most firms’ expectations for what the pandemic would entail did not match up with reality. Law firms and surveys suggested the industry would be […]

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Law.com Trendspotter: Remote Work Could Shift Big Law’s Billable Hour Focus From Quantity to Quality

September 14th, 2021

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Firms are beginning to realize that burning out their best and brightest is bad for business. By Zack Needles The Trend: The combination of boundary-less remote work and white-hot demand across a number of practice areas has many associates on the brink of billable-driven burnout. But there is a silver lining: some firms have taken […]

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Diminishing Returns: How Many Billable Hours Is Too Many?

September 14th, 2021

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By Dylan Jackson What You Need to Know There is a point where working a lot of billable hours leads to poor outcomes, but it varies depending on the person. Burnout isn’t new, but the pandemic has created additional stressors, making this seem like a tipping point for many. Firm leaders are looking for ways […]

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